Volvo has come up with the prospect of a sexy, high-performance coupe since it introduced the Concept Coupe during the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. Polestar's first ever standalone model. The first pre-production prototypes have started testing in real-world conditions.
If you liked the Concept Coupe, you'll love the Polestar 1. All smash hit are accounted for, a fast hood with an upright grille, a gently sloping roof line, and a C-shaped tail lights. Its body is made entirely of carbon fiber in check, and Polestar promises handling by a continuously controlled electronic suspension designed by Öhlins. Making the 1
"Whenever you drive Polestar 1, you should feel like you are in control and that the car is ready to respond to your input, no matter what you want to do. 600hp and 1,000Nm of performance when the driver wants it, "said Joakim Rydholm, Polestar's chief test driver.
We're told the Polestar 1 wants to be a true driver's car, but it's still capable of fending off rivals in the ultra-competitive sports car segment, but technical specifications are still vague. A lithium-ion battery pack, and at least two electric motors, operate as a range extender, a lithium-ion battery pack, and at least two electric motors. The coupe has a range of 100 miles on electric power alone. Polestar is still keeping performance numbers under wraps.
The curvaceous carbon fiber skin hides Volvo's modular SPA platform, which also underpins the V90 Cross Country and the XC60. Using off-the-shelf components helps keep development costs in check; developing a coupe from scratch is immensely expensive, and it's difficult to justify because the segment is not exactly booming right now. We speculate the gasoline engine so comes from the Volvo parts bin. It's the same formula like Mercedes-AMG and Audi Sport have used successfully for decades.
This time around, the coupe is not a car concept or car. The Polestar 1 is scheduled to start production in 2019 at a brand-new facility currently under construction in Chengdu, China. Pre-production wants to start in early 2019. The Polestar 1 wants to be online and – much like a phone – offered on a two- or three-year subscription basis. Polestar is still keeping details on the subscription service itself, but the U.S. retail price of the Polestar 1 wants to be $ 155,000.
The Polestar 1 wants to be sold initially in the United States, China, Germany, Norway, The Netherlands, and Volvo's home country of Sweden. Each country was chosen because of high customer demand, Polestar said, and sales is gradually expanding to other countries. Polestar wants open "Polestar Spaces" in the launch markets in order to familiarize customers with the brand, not unlike what Tesla has done with its company-owned mall stores.
The Polestar 1 wants to sit at the top of the company's burgeoning lineup. The company will announce the addition of two additional models, including a smaller car named Polestar 2 that's scheduled to debut later in 2019. Unlike the 1, the 2 wants to be a battery-electric model that does not require a drop of gasoline to turn its wheels. It wants to be squarely at the Tesla Model 3, according to Polestar. The Polestar 3 wants to be a larger, all-electric SUV.
Updated: 1's development process